Saturday, June 23, 2018
Music News, Concert Reviews

SoundCheck: Top live music picks include Fall Out Boy

THE WEEKND

With Anna Lunoe, Banks

Details: Thursday 8:30 p.m., David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $48.50 and up. (813) 229-7827.

Abel Tesfaye's three mix tapes of brooding, drug-addled, sexed-up R&B were released for free over the last nine months of 2011. The Interwebs ate them right up, earning him a record deal plus adoration from countless blogs and music magazines, but the success is no accident. Tesfaye, a.k.a. The Weeknd, is easily the most unique new voice in modern R&B. His major label debut, Kiss Land, suggests this is only the beginning of an extended, steamy holiday.

Fall Out Boy

With Panic at the Disco, Twenty One Pilots

Details: Sunday 7 p.m., USF Sun Dome, 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. $27-$37. (813) 974-3002.

Remember when Fall Out Boy said they were taking a break? Yeah, forget about it, because after a nearly four-year hiatus, the Chicago emo-pop darlings with Florida ties (Fueled by Ramen, a label born in Gainesville and once based in Tampa, released FOB's debut LP, Take This To Your Grave, back in '03) are back with a new album, Save Rock and Roll, that finds singer Patrick Stump and company picking up where they left off, crafting radio-ready, anthemic cuts (The Phoenix, My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark) by the fistful.

Blues Traveler

Details: Thursday 8 p.m., Hard Rock Cafe at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, 5223 Orient Road, Tampa. $33 and up. (813) 627-7757.

Musically, not a whole lot has changed for Blues Traveler in the two decades since its breakthrough album Four. This band's melodic, sunny, rock 'n' roll hasn't strayed too far from its tendency to blur the lines between blues, folk, and jam music. That's not a knock either. Hook, But Anyway and Run Around are some of the most memorable songs of the '90s, and John Popper's mastery of the harmonica is a sight and sound to behold.

Maze featuring Frankie Beverly

Details: Friday 8 p.m., Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $49.50-$79.50. (727) 892-5767.

Their rise to fame required an assist from the late, great Marvin Gaye — who was so impressed with Frankie Beverly's band (then called Raw Soul) that he helped them get signed to Capitol Records — but Beverly and Maze have made the most out of their time in the spotlight. A late '70s debut album spawned soul classics like When I'm Alone and Lady Of Magic, and their complete emulsion into pop culture was affirmed when Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock sampled the title track from Maze's 1980 LP Joy and Pain to create one of early hip-hop's most recognizable and time-tested tracks.

Sick Puppies

With Redlight King, Charming Liars

Details: Wednesday 6 p.m., the Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $20 and up. (813) 247-2555.

Australia: purveyors of Fosters lager, Ugg Boots, Kylie Minogue and yes, extremely popular alternative rock. Walking on a path paved by fellow Aussies Silverchair and the Living End, Sick Puppies come to the revamped Ritz (have you seen the illuminated ceiling?) with a particularly angsty brand of melodic punk in tow. Their output reaches to every corner of the rock spectrum so whether it's mellow acoustic sing-alongs (Maybe) or aggro-rock (You're Going Down, I Hate You) you're looking for, Shimon Moore and his band have you covered. Shoot, they might even break out their grunge-tastic cover of Destiny's Child's Say My Name at this hump day gig.

Beach Day

With Alaskus, Permanent Makeup

Details: Friday 9 p.m., New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $8. (813) 248-4969.

Tastemaking Brooklyn imprint Kanine Records is the label charged with bringing West Palm Beach indie-rock wonderboys Surfer Blood to the attention of adoring fans nationwide, but Kanine might have something even better on their hands with Beach Day. With gorgeous frontlady Kimmy Drake at the helm, the trio managed to record Trip Trap Attack, a 33-minute collection of salt-washed, ridiculously catchy, throwback garage-pop that could only be crafted amid the sea breezes and sandy shores of the Sunshine State's eastern seaboard. It's hard to believe the release is only a debut, but it's even harder to fathom that Beach Day didn't arrive here via some '60s doo-wop time warp.

Times correspondent Ray Roa can be reached at SuburbanApologist.com.





   
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